UPDATE: Ryan Johansen will NOT play tonight for Nashville.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to break a 10-game losing streak as they take on the Calgary Flames as part of tonight’s four-game slate in the NHL. The other three matchups set the Sharks against the Capitals, the Islanders against the Panthers and the Bruins against the Predators. Tonight’s lineup, as well as favorite picks and other solid options, will be updated closer to puck drop once more information regarding starting goalie confirmations, line combinations and injury news is made available. Until then, here’s an overview of players available on tonight’s slate at each position and at various price points. There’s no line that stands out as much as Winnipeg’s top line did last night, though the Islanders’ top two lines and top power-play unit as well as the top lines of the Bruins, Predators and Flames could be among the more popular stacks for tonight’s contests.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. The top line for Winnipeg had a huge game as the Jets took home a 5-0 victory against the Senators. Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault combined for nine points, and Tyler Myers added a goal to the equation. The four Jets skaters contributed four goals, six assists, five power-play points, 17 shots and one block for a total of 127.3 fantasy points. That’s enough points to cash on many nights, and that was just from four players. The additional support from Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Marchessault, Colin Miller and Malcolm Subban easily put the lineup over the top. MacKinnon tallied an assist and a shot for 9.6 fantasy points, and Miller added an assist and three shots for 12.8 fantasy points. Marchessault scored a goal and an assist and registered six shots for 29.6 fantasy points in the Knights’ 3-2 overtime win. Subban made 31 saves in the effort, coming away with 28.8 fantasy points. Tyler Toffoli recorded just one shot on goal in the Kings’ 3-1 win over Chicago, but the rest of the lineup did more than enough to cash.
Results of Top Highlighted Picks
C: Mark Scheifele ($8,000): 1 G (PP), 1 A, 3 SH = 25.3 FP
W: Jonathan Marchessault ($6,400): 1 G, 1 A, 6 SH = 29.6 FP
C: Nathan MacKinnon ($6,700): 1 A, 1 SH = 9.6 FP
C: William Karlsson ($6,300): 1 A, 2 SH, 1 BkS = 12.8 FP
W: Blake Wheeler ($7,600): 1 G, 3 A (2 PP), 6 SH, 1 BkS = 48.2 FP
W: Nikolaj Ehlers ($5,700): 3 SH = 4.8 FP
G: Malcolm Subban ($7,400): 2 GA, 31 Saves, 1 W = 28.8 FP
- San Jose @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- NY Islanders @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
- Boston @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- Philadelphia @ Calgary – 9:00pm EST
- SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed) vs. WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed)
- NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed)
- BOS: Anton Khudobin (confirmed) vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY)
- PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 12/4/17
John Tavares ($8,300)
John Tavares has points in each of his last two games and in six out of his last seven games, scoring three goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on the Islanders’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17.8 fantasy points per game this season. Tavares scored four points in three games against the Panthers last season.
Sean Monahan ($7,500)
Sean Monahan has gone three games without a point, which includes the Flames’ most recent contest in which the team scored five goals against Edmonton. However, when Calgary visited Philadelphia Nov. 18, Monahan exploded for three goals and four points, earning 53.5 fantasy points in the afternoon thriller. The Flames play host to the Flyers, who have lost 10 games in a row, so it’s unclear how tonight’s game will unfold. The Flames have played two undisciplined games in the team’s last three outings, but the Flyers are in a bit of a freefall. Monahan is averaging 14.9 fantasy points per game this season and skates on the Flames’ first line and first power-play unit. Linemate Johnny Gaudreau could be the safer play as he has been more reliable throughout the season, but the 23-year-old center is the one who had the breakout performance in the City of Brotherly Love a few weeks ago.
Sean Couturier ($6,600)
Sean Couturier has had a very strong season, the best offensive year of his NHL career, with 14 goals and 26 points in 26 games. He has skated on the Flyers’ first line and first power-play unit. However, the Flyers are one of the worst teams in the league after having lost their tenth straight loss Saturday afternoon against Boston. It’s possible the top line will be split up; for Flyers fans, the hope is that it will be, since offense throughout the rest of the lineup has been nonexistent. That being said, Couturier remains a decent option, though not necessarily a safe one. He scored a goal against Calgary when these teams met Nov. 18, finishing the game with five shots and 20.5 fantasy points. His goal came on the power-play, and it’s likely he’ll remain on the top unit regardless of what head coach Dave Hakstol does with the even-strength lines (though judging by his “adjustments” over the last 10 games, it’s highly possible the top line will remain intact). Couturier is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game this season, and the fact that Mike Smith gave up five goals before getting pulled Saturday night against Edmonton leaves room for the Flyers to strike offensively. However, the odds are still very much in Calgary’s favor.
Vincent Trocheck ($5,900)
Vincent Trocheck skates on Florida’s second line and first power-play unit and has 24 points in 26 games this season. He has just two points in his last four games but has registered eight, five, two and seven shots in his last four games, respectively, and he scored four points in three contests against the Islanders last season. Trocheck is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game this year.
Joe Thornton ($5,300)
Joe Thornton saw his five-game point streak snapped against Tampa Bay Saturday night after recording two goals and six points in a five-game stretch. However, he scored two goals and four points in two games against the Capitals last year, which makes him an interesting option headed into tonight’s matchup against Washington. Thornton skates on San Jose’s first line and first power-play unit. He doesn’t carry a steady shot volume like second-line center Logan Couture ($6,700) does, which makes him a risky play; however, his recent success against the Caps makes him worth mentioning at the very least.
Mathew Barzal ($5,000)
Mathew Barzal saw his impressive seven-game point streak come to an end after putting up three goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on the Islanders’ second line and first power-play unit, giving you exposure to everyone in the Isles’ top six as well as the top man advantage. He is averaging 12.7 fantasy points per game this season and has been a popular play in cash contests on most nights.
Mark Jankowski ($3,400)
Mark Jankowski has points in back-to-back games after scoring two goals and an assist against Arizona and Edmonton in the Flames’ two most recent games. He skates on the Flames’ third line and first power-play unit, filling in for the injured Kris Versteeg (though other players took turns on the top unit when the team found itself trailing by several goals Saturday against the Oilers). Jankowski has developed great chemistry with even-strength linemates Sam Bennett and Jaromir Jagr and could make for a solid value start tonight against a struggling Flyers team.
Also Consider: Aleksander Barkov ($6,800), Logan Couture ($6,700), Ryan Johansen ($5,600)–IF HE PLAYS, Mikael Backlund ($5,400), Ryan Spooner ($4,100), Colton Sissons ($3,400)
Filip Forsberg ($8,000)
Filip Forsberg has points in three straight games and has recorded a point in 10 out of his last 11 contests, collecting a total of five goals and 13 points in that stretch. He skates on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit and has 27 points in 26 games this season, averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game.
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,800)
Johnny Gaudreau ended his three-game pointless streak with 28.5 fantasy points Saturday night against the Oilers in a wild 7-5 loss. He finished the game with a goal and an assist, adding to his season total of 36 points in 26 games for an average of 18.2 fantasy points per game. Gaudreau has been one of the more consistent forwards in DFS NHL this season, and he plays very well against his hometown team. He scored three points and earned 35.4 fantasy points against the Flyers Nov. 18. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit.
Brad Marchand ($7,500)
Brad Marchand has 19 points in 16 games this season and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game. He has points in each of the two games in which he has played after missing a few weeks of action with an upper-body injury, scoring a goal and four points and earning 24.8 and 25.6 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. Marchand skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit.
David Pastrnak ($7,200)
David Pastrnak has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and six points in that stretch. He has earned 24.8, 14.4, 15.7, 20 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and is averaging 15 fantasy points per game this season. He skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit and has 23 points in 24 games.
Anders Lee ($6,600)
Anders Lee has goals in three straight games and has scored four goals and five points in his last three contests. He skates on the Islanders’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game. Lee has collected seven goals and 12 points in his last nine games and has 27 points in 25 games this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,100)
Jonathan Huberdeau is coming off a game in which he tallied an assist and registered six shots and a block for 19.2 fantasy points. He has 26 points in 26 games and is averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game this season. Huberdeau skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit and has four points, 11 shots and three blocks in his last three games.
Jordan Eberle ($5,600)
Jordan Eberle has points in four straight games, collecting three goals and five points as well as 10 shots and a block in that span. He skates on the Islanders’ second line and second power-play unit and has earned 14.4, 15.2, 13.6 and 23.7 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Craig Smith ($4,300)
Craig Smith has three points in his last four games and has earned 6.4, 30.1, 8 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. He skates on Nashville’s second line and first power-play unit and has registered 16 shots in his last four games.
Andrew Ladd ($4,300)
Andrew Ladd has scored goals in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games. He skates on the Islanders’ second line and second power-play unit and has four points in his last four games, earning 15.2, 18.8, 1.6 and 21.6 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Sam Bennett ($3,300)
Sam Bennett has points in three straight games, netting two goals and five points in that span. He skates on Calgary’s third line and second power-play unit. He has earned 30.4, 19.2 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.
Also Consider: Jake Voracek ($7,800), Viktor Arvidsson ($6,500), Josh Bailey ($5,800), Micheal Ferland ($4,500), Kevin Fiala ($3,700), Calle Jarnkrok ($3,400), Timo Meier ($3,400), Dryden Hunt ($3,000)
Brent Burns ($7,000)
Brent Burns remains as popular as ever in DFS, and he’s starting to become a better option. Even though his five-game point streak came to an end over the weekend and he recorded just 6.4 fantasy points, his price tag continues to go up and is now at $7,000. That being said, he’s always a threat for a big game and is more likely to provide multiple shots and blocks than many elite forwards, so including him in your lineup is a sensible move. He scored four points in two games against the Capitals last season, though he is not the same player he was last year. That being said, his spot on the top power-play unit and the fact that he will be a popular play regardless of the circumstances make him worth mentioning. He will not be in this article’s main lineup, but feel free to use him as you see fit.
Roman Josi ($5,900)
Speaking of popular DFS options, Roman Josi continues to garner anywhere from 30-45 percent ownership rates on any given night. Those numbers have come down a little as his production has come down, but he’s still a pretty popular choice on any given slate. He has three points in his last four games but has scored just three points in his last six games. His peripheral stat coverage has been down a bit in recent games, though he still has an average of 14.9 fantasy points per game this season. Josi skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit.
Torey Krug ($5,800)
Torey Krug has three points in his last three games and has recorded 11 shots and four blocks in that time. He has recorded 4.8, 26.4, 21.3, 8, 3.2, 25.6, 9.6, 14.4, 18.4, 24.5, 19.2 and 13.6 fantasy points in his last 12 games, respectively. He plays on Boston’s first power-play unit.
Nick Leddy ($5,600)
Nick Leddy has points in seven out of his last nine games, picking up three goals and 11 points in that span. He skates on the Islanders’ first power-play unit and is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game thanks to 21 points, 65 shots and 34 blocks in 25 games this season. Leddy has two goals and seven points in his last five games and scored five points in three games against the Panthers last season.
Charlie McAvoy ($4,600)
Charlie McAvoy has points in back-to-back games, with a goal and two assists as well as two shots and a block in that span. He skates on Boston’s second power-play unit and has averaged 24 minutes of ice time in his last two games. McAvoy has four points in his last four games and has earned 9.6, 23.2, 1.6, 9.6, 9.6, 11.2, 21.6, 3.2 and 8 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively.
Ivan Provorov ($4,500)
Ivan Provorov has just one point in his last four games but scored a goal and an assist and recorded four shots and three blocks for 31.2 fantasy points against the Flames Nov. 18. He is averaging 12.3 fantasy points per game this season thanks to solid peripheral stat coverage, and he skates on the Flyers’ second power-play unit.
T.J. Brodie ($4,200)
T.J. Brodie tallied two assists and earned 18.1 fantasy points in his most recent game, and he recorded two assists and earned 21.3 fantasy points when these teams met Nov. 18. He skates on Calgary’s second power-play unit and is averaging 10.1 fantasy points per game this season.
Matt Niskanen ($4,100)
Matt Niskanen has points in three out of his last four games and has earned 17.6, 11.2, 11.2 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. He has recorded a total of 11 shots and seven blocks in his last four contests.
Also Consider: Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,500), John Carlson ($5,400), Mattias Ekholm ($4,400), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3,800), Brandon Manning ($3,500), Matt Grzelcyk ($3,500)
Pekka Rinne ($8,900)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are favored tonight against the visiting Bruins, though it would be wise not to underestimate the ability of a healthy Bruins roster. Boston has been playing very good hockey and is coming off a dominant 3-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers. While that doesn’t say much given Philadelphia’s pathetic play over the last three weeks, Anton Khudobin, who will be in the crease for the B’s, has won each of his last four starts, which could pose a potential threat for Rinne. Rinne, however, is coming off a win against the Ducks and has won six of his last seven starts. He is averaging 23.7 fantasy points per game this season.
Martin Jones ($8,800)
Martin Jones is coming off a game in which he surrendered five goals on 43 shots against the Tampa Bay Lightning, earning 10.4 fantasy points in the losing effort. That being said, he has been relatively strong this season despite having just 10 wins on the year, though that has been mainly a result of a lack of goal support from his teammates. The Sharks generally play well against the Capitals, however, and Jones is 4-0 against Washington in his career. He won both games against the Capitals last year, giving up a total of two goals in the combined wins. Though both teams are very different this year and anything can happen, the Sharks could pull off a surprising victory against the favored Capitals.
Mike Smith ($8,200)
Mike Smith also is coming off a performance in which he surrendered five goals, though he did not make 38 saves like Martin Jones did. Instead, Smith made 22 stops before getting pulled after two periods, coming away with negative 2.4 fantasy points. However, Smith and the Flames will host the ailing Philadelphia Flyers, losers of 10 straight games. The last time these teams met it was a back-and-forth high-scoring affair that resulted in a 5-4 win for the Flames, which doesn’t bode well for either goalie from a fantasy perspective. That being said, many could target Smith given the Flyers’ recent inability to win games, or rather the team’s recent ability to find ways to lose games. Smith is averaging 20.4 fantasy points per game this season, though Brian Elliott will be motivated to earn the win against his former team, especially during such a frustrating stretch for Philadelphia.
Anton Khudobin ($8,000)
Though the Nashville Predators are favored tonight against Boston and have been exceptional at home this season, Anton Khudobin has won four starts in a row and could play behind a Bruins roster that is the healthiest it has been all season. With David Krejci, David Backes and Brad Marchand back in the lineup, the Bruins could pose more of a challenge than many expect, especially since the team has been playing very good hockey of late. Khudobin has earned 13.6, 36, 36.8 and 29.6 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, all wins.
David Rittich ($7,200)
FanDuel DFS NHL 12/4/17 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Vincent Trocheck ($5,900)
- C: Mathew Barzal ($5,000)
- W: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,800)
- W: Brad Marchand ($7,500)
- W: Anders Lee ($6,600)
- W: Calle Jarnkrok ($3,400)
- D: Nick Leddy ($5,600)
- D: Matt Niskanen ($4,100)
- G: Martin Jones ($8,800)
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